SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College recently hosted two anti-bullying workshops at the Appleton Auditorium in the Fuller Arts Center. The workshops were hosted by Malcolm Smith, coauthor and project director of the Courage to Care Project, a school climate and culture curriculum designed to reduce bullying and peer victimization by increasing empathy, compassion and civility in young people. The workshops were open to the public.
Smith’s publication, Understanding Bullying, has been distributed throughout the United States with more than 100,000 copies currently in print. The 16-page booklet was created for parents, schools, agencies, and community groups as a discussion-starter for parent groups regarding bullying.
Along with his publication, Smith assisted in the founding of the Family Education Collaborative; a collaboration of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Manchester, N.H., the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, the University of New Hampshire Department of Family Studies, and Family Support New Hampshire, making a joint contribution to family research and parent education regarding bullying.
A youth and education specialist, Smith is a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire. He provides support, service and leadership to all cooperative extension programs serving families in New Hampshire. His primary focus is designing and implementing parenting support and training programs designed to improve the quality of family life.
The anti-bullying workshops are funded by the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund at Springfield College, which has been established to honor Waddell’s contributions to diversity awareness throughout the United States.
For more information and to support the fund, please contact the Office of Development at 413-748-3124.